“Never thought I’d get to meet the Devil;
Never thought I’d see him face to face.
Heard he always worked alone,
That he seldom wrote or used a phone,
So I walked right up to meet him at his place.”*
Izzat what ya did, Dave?
John Nolte on Letterman’s fall:
To be amazed at how low David Letterman will stoop in order to humiliate Sarah Palin means we still think of him as an entertainer, instead of what he is: a leftist ideologue willing to do whatever it takes to destroy a perceived threat to the Democrat majority. Letterman’s nothing special or unique. He’s merely joined the whole of the entertainment industry in sacrificing his place as an entertainer and legacy as an artist to wage ideological war.
And our first step in fighting back is to wake up to this fact and stop being amazed.
Perhaps. But I will not go gently into that good night. Nor quietly. Especially not quietly. Letterman can prostitute himself as much as he likes, and I will continue to point it out.
Once upon a time I loved David Letterman. I loved him because Johnny Carson did, and that was good enough for me. Before he found his place in Late Night, Letterman had a short-lived daytime show. Some of you might remember it. I never missed an episode. That’s how big of a Letterman fan I was. And like Johnny, I thought Dave deserved the “Tonight Show” … but we were both wrong.
Johnny Carson defined show business class and so it’s not hard to imagine what he would’ve thought of a comedian willing to use an innocent 14-year old girl as a political weapon of humiliation.
But I’ll bet that to learn it was David Letterman would’ve broke[n] his heart.
Yes. And to me, Letterman at his best was the man who gave Warren Zevon a venue and a wide exposure, for decades. But unless he’s as slow a reader as the President, he saw those lines before he read them aloud. And he managed not to be embarrassed when he heard what he had said: not by the sexism, and not by the immorality of using a 14-year-old girl as a political pawn, by suggesting a sexual assault that would leave her pregnant (shades of the scummy Guy Cimbalo attack on Mary Katherine Ham).
And now someone’s going to come along and say, “the sins of the mothers,” or “the sins of the sisters,” or some bullshit like that. They will rationalize what they are doing, and say that this is not American Sharia law: after all, we only enforce our notions of sexual purity when it comes to Republican women, or women and girls related to Republican women. (Do we, after all, know what young Willow’s politics are? Does it matter to Letterman? Of course not: this is about hurting her mother by any means possible.)
This is American Sharia, assholes. The practitioners of Sharia in Muslim countries are at least consistent in their contempt for women and in their practice of gender apartheid: you, on the other hand, want sexual slavery for some women in this country; others, whose opinions you prefer, can live in relative peace and freedom. You will allow it.
If you are giving women and girls the “gift” of not being badgered for being female, and threatened with misogyny and sexual assault, they are not truly free—only living in a state of grace, contingent upon performing the right tricks, spouting leftist verbiage like seals at Sea World, balancing balls on their noses in the hopes of getting fish thrown into their mouths.
And any woman who doesn’t understand this fundamental truth about the misogynists living among them could be in for a rude awakening at any point, because that attitude will infect those who harbor it.
The John Ziegler interview with Sarah Palin is here.
* with apologies to Paul Williams and Brian de Palma
UPDATE: Link fixed; Nolte fixed. It turns out I blog better when I get a little bit of sleep. Who knew? Sorry, John! Big Hollywood rawks.